As Michael Kay said, Stanton finally had his signature moment.
That was not the only positive for Yankee fans, however. An inning before, with the team still trailing by two runs, the ice cold Gary Sanchez finally showed some signs of coming to life, drilling an Alex Colome pitch deep to left center field to tie the game at five.
This could be the big hit that finally turns Sanchez’s season around.
Early on, the Mariners were able to score runs off of Jonathan Loaisiga and Chasen Shreve. The rookie, who is only making his second start, gave up three earned runs without making it out of the fourth inning.
Curiously, when he left with two runners on, Aaron Boone decided to go with Shreve instead of one of his more strikeout inducing pitchers in the pen. The lefty then gave up a two-run single to Dee Gordon, as Seattle took the early 3-0 lead.
The Mariners added two more in the fifth, before the Yankees finally broke through in the bottom half of the frame with an Aaron Judge two-RBI single.
Didi Gregorius drove in another run in the seventh with a sacrifice fly.
While Loaisiga and Shreve were shaky, Jonathan Holder and Aroldis Chapman were excellent tonight. Though Chapman was credited with the win, Holder came in and pitched two and a third innings of scoreless baseball.
He continues to be a strong asset for Boone in the pen.
The series continues with tomorrow’s exciting matinee, which features a matchup of two of the game’s best pitchers, Luis Severino and James Paxton.